The 9 most plausible rumors about the new iPhones

It’s officially iPhone season — I’m told other people call it “September,” which seems odd — and that means we’re just days away from Apple unveiling new iPhones at its upcoming September 12th event.

The rumor mill has been spinning up lots of leaked photos and speculated names. We’ve rounded up the biggest ones here, along with our best guesses about the likelihood that they’ll actually show up.

Image: 9to5Mac

iPhone X gets an update

Last year’s iPhone X is rumored to get an “S” update, which would mark the first such update since the iPhone 6S in 2015. Expect the iPhone XS to be more of an enhancement of the X, not a dramatic redesign. That probably means the highlights will be things like a faster processor (rumored to be Apple’s new 7nm A12 chip), a boost to 4GB of RAM, and some camera improvements. There’s also a chance that Apple has some bigger marquee feature hidden away for the XS, similar to how the iPhone 3GS introduced voice control, Siri on the 4S, Touch ID on the 5S, and 3D Touch on the 6S.

How likely? Practically confirmed, thanks to the 9to5Mac leak.

iPhone XS Plus joins the party

In addition to the regular iPhone XS, which will reportedly be similar to the existing 5.8-inch iPhone X, Apple is also said to be working on a bigger 6.5-inch iPhone XS Plus, which would be the biggest display on an iPhone yet. If Apple follows its previous patterns, the XS Plus will probably be about the same as the XS in terms of specs and features with the benefit of an even bigger battery (and maybe some bonus camera functionality).

How likely? Again, basically confirmed, thanks to the leak.

6.1-inch LCD iPhone

The biggest mystery surrounding Apple’s upcoming event is about what we’ll get from the company’s rumored LCD iPhone, which is supposed to come in at a lower price. The as-yet-unnamed device (iPhone 9, perhaps?) is said to feature a bezel-less 6.1-inch LCD panel that’s similar in design to the iPhone X with support for Face ID. But whereas the X (and XS) will still be Apple’s most expensive phones, the LCD iPhone is said to bring some of the X’s more popular features down to a cheaper price point by sacrificing things like the stainless steel frame and OLED panel from the X for cheaper aluminum and LCD parts.

How likely? Lots of rumors are pointing to it, and it seems reasonable, but we haven’t seen any concrete hardware leaks yet.

Image: 9to5Mac

New colors

The long-rumored gold model for the iPhone X seems like it’ll become a reality for the iPhone XS and XS Plus this year, according to the seemingly legitimate leak obtained by 9to5Mac. The new LCD model is also said to be getting some colorful new choices: gray, white, blue, red, and orange options.

How likely? Practically confirmed for the XS / XS Plus. It’s a coin toss for the rumored LCD model.

3D Touch gets the axe

First introduced with the iPhone 6S, 3D Touch was heralded for offering a new depth to how we use our phones, but it never really took off. That’s why Apple may be cutting the feature — possibly in just the cheaper LCD iPhone this year to start and then maybe across the entire lineup for next year’s devices.

How likely? Apple hasn’t used 3D Touch much lately, and it could be a way to cut costs on its increasingly expensive phones.

All our USB-C dreams come true

There are two parts to this rumor. One is that Apple has finally seen the light and swapped its Lightning ports to the universal USB-C port standard that is increasingly used across the industry for everything from laptops and phones to headphones and tablets (including Apple’s own laptops). This is also exceedingly unlikely.

More possible, though, is that Apple is swapping the included charger and cable in the box with its new phones to a USB-C brick and a USB-C to Lightning cable (which are required to fast-charge new iPhones). This seems far more reasonable.

How likely? USB-C port on the phone? Not a chance. Charger in the box seems like it should happen.

In-display fingerprint sensor

Back when rumors were swirling for the iPhone X, there were two possible paths Apple was expected to take to replace the home button-based fingerprint sensor: a facial recognition system, which the company eventually used in the form of Face ID, and an in-display Touch ID replacement. Apple seems to be going all-in on Face ID this year, but it’s possible that the company could decide to bring back Touch ID with an in-display sensor for a second layer of security (requiring both a fingerprint scan and facial recognition would be dramatically more secure), although recent rumors seem to indicate that Apple will probably hold off for now.

How likely? It seems like Apple is holding off for the foreseeable future, but you never know.

Apple Pencil comes to the iPhone

Apple Pencil fans have been hoping that Apple will offer support for the smart stylus on its phones for a spiritual rebirth of the Palm Pilot for years. And with the iPhone XS Plus and its 6.5-inch screen that’s approaching tablet size, it’s not unreasonable to think Apple might do it.

How likely? Probably not happening, if Kuo is to be believed.

iPhone SE review

New iPhone SE

Apple doesn’t make small phones anymore (except for the iPhone SE, which was released in 2016 with the upgraded internals of the then-flagship iPhone 6S). Featuring the same svelte form factor as the iPhone 5 and a 3.5mm headphone jack, SE fans have been hoping that Apple will offer an upgraded version again with improved specs, or maybe even a more drastically redesigned model that could add features like a bezel-free display and wireless charging in the same small size.

How likely? There haven’t been any recent leaks. If Apple is updating the SE, it’s either kept it very quiet, or it’s not happening at next week’s event.

New 6.5-inch iPhone X model reportedly called the ‘iPhone XS Max’

It’s been rumored for a while that Apple would be releasing two new OLED iPhone successors to the iPhone X this year — an upgraded 5.8-inch model, said to be called the iPhone XS, and a larger 6.5-inch version that is reportedly going to be called the “iPhone XS Max,” according to multiple sources speaking to 9to5Mac.

It’s a break from Apple’s usual naming conventions that it had introduced back in 2014 with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Many had expected that Apple would continue that practice with the iPhone XS and name the larger version the iPhone XS Plus, but it seems that that’s no longer the case.

In addition to the new moniker and larger size, the iPhone XS Max is expected to offer an even bigger battery than the smaller XS. Both phones will also reportedly see an internal spec boost over the current iPhone X, with a new A12 processor and 4GB of RAM.

Whatever the name may be, we’ll find out for sure when Apple officially announces things at its event on September 12th.

Apple launches repair program for defective iPhone 8 logic boards

Apple quietly announced the launch of a free repair program for the iPhone 8 this afternoon, revealing that a “very small percentage” of units need replacement logic boards due to a manufacturing defect. The logic board is essentially the main printed circuit board of a computing device, containing the CPU, device memory, and other integral components. Apple says its faulty logic boards may have been causing random restarts, screen freezes, and defective startup initiations that prevent the iPhone 8 from turning on properly.

The defect does not affect the iPhone X or the iPhone 8 Plus, and Apple says the affected units include only those sold between September 2017 and March 2018 in Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, and the US. You can input your iPhone’s serial number into Apple’s repair page to see if your unit is eligible. The program covers iPhone 8 units sold up to three years after the first retail sale of the device in September 2017.

Those affected have three options: going through a third-party specialist authorized by Apple; contacting Apple Support to do a mail-in repair; or making an appointment at an Apple Store to drop the device off. Apple recommends backing up your iPhone 8 with iCloud or iTunes prior to getting it repaired, and the company also recommends getting any hardware issues, like a broken or cracked screen, repaired prior to getting the logic board replaced.

Why Apple might make a dual-SIM iPhone

Various credible rumors, along with stray iOS 12 beta code, suggest that Apple is preparing to bring dual-SIM card support to the iPhone for the first time with this year’s new models. The belated addition of the feature would be a little surprising because Apple doesn’t seem too enamored with SIM cards in the first place. (See the virtual SIM embedded in LTE versions of the iPad and Apple Watch.) So why would Apple make the move now?

While it isn’t common in the US, dual SIM support is an essential feature for people in so many other regions that offering it would meaningfully change the way the iPhone is used around the world. The biggest question, however, is whether these are the users Apple will actually target with the support.

Dual-SIM phones have been around in various iterations for nearly two decades, including some wild devices that pretty much amounted to duct-taping two phones together. But the idea really started to take off in the mid-to-late 2000s, when small Chinese manufacturers started to produce phones that really delivered on the concept of one device with two SIM cards that could be used at the same time.

Why would anyone want that? In regions where people tended to buy unlocked phones outright rather than on subsidized carrier contracts, the main advantage was historically that you could avoid roaming fees. In China, phone numbers have long been tied to your local region. For example, if you moved from Beijing to Shanghai, you would need to get another SIM card. Until last year, Chinese carriers also charged roaming fees and made long-distance domestic calls more expensive. Dual-SIM devices allowed people to get around these issues with minimal fuss. Europeans similarly had to deal with higher fees when crossing borders until the EU regulated and ultimately abolished roaming charges.

More recently, though, the proliferation of modern smartphones has led to different use cases for dual-SIM phones. Because there are so many options for cell service plans that variously focus on phone calls, messaging, and data, it can often save you money to run two lines at once for different purposes. Depending on your region, it may also be helpful to be able to switch between carriers at will in order to get the best coverage in a specific location. Both of these factors have been key to the widespread adoption of dual-SIM smartphones in parts of the world like India and Africa, where users are price-sensitive and network infrastructure is still developing.

However, Apple hasn’t shown any signs that it’s willing to break with its high-margin business model in order to gain more users in cost-conscious regions. Tim Cook often talks about the opportunity in India, but as long as the company’s main play in the country is a 4-inch phone with three-year-old specs that sells for $400, it’s hard to imagine a brand-new dual-SIM iPhone making much difference. Apple is very much outside the mainstream Indian market, and it’s unlikely that the lack of dual-SIM support would have been the sole deal-breaker for many people. The same goes for other major markets like Brazil and Russia.

Indeed, some reports suggest that the dual-SIM iPhone may be a China-only variant of the rumored new lower-end model with a 6.1-inch LCD. (Bloomberg seems to believe that it’ll also apply to a 6.5-inch OLED model.) That would be easier to believe: China is a more immediately beneficial market for Apple, and it’s the only one in the world where dual-SIM support is a standard expectation for high-end devices. Even ultra-advanced phones like the Vivo NEX have two SIM card slots, as do all flagship devices from Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and so on. Foreign companies like Samsung, meanwhile, develop China-specific dual-SIM variants of phones like the Galaxy S9.

Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

That’s the more likely outcome for a dual-SIM iPhone: it’s a matter of convenience for China rather than cost-effectiveness for emerging markets. China is the only place with a significant number of customers who have the means to buy an iPhone yet would consider the lack of dual-SIM support a strike against it.

As such, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Apple restrict dual-SIM sales to China altogether. Conversely, it would be hugely surprising if Apple were to sell such a model in the US and beyond. It’s not a feature that Americans are accustomed to, carriers would be upset, and Apple probably doesn’t consider the SIM card any more desirable than the headphone jack in the long term. It just doesn’t feel like the sort of technology Apple would throw its philosophical weight behind on a global scale. If you do want to buy a dual-SIM phone in the US, your best bets are the OnePlus 6 and the Honor View 10, which are, not coincidentally, two Chinese phones that are exclusively sold unlocked.

Of course, it’s Apple, so you never really know what’s going to happen until everything is announced onstage, which seems likely to take place in the next two weeks or so. Maybe Apple will bring dual-SIM support to multiple regions, after all. Maybe there will be some sort of solution involving an embedded Apple SIM and the traditional slot. What does seem clear is that Apple plans to address the concerns of at least some customers who want more control over the carriers they use — and, for now, that probably just means China.

Apple could remove 3D Touch from future iPhones, analyst says

Apple made a huge deal about 3D Touch when it came to the iPhone in 2015. Now, just a few generations later, Apple’s pressure-sensitive screen technology might be on its way out the door.

Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis said today that it’s “widely understood” that some of next year’s iPhones won’t include 3D Touch, according to MacRumors, which saw his note to investors.

Curtis seemed to be referring to 2019’s flagship iPhones, which would presumably be the successors to this year’s two rumored high-end OLED models, which will use the same screen technology as the iPhone X. That still leaves the third rumored model, which is supposed to look like a larger version of the iPhone X with a cheaper LCD screen; but another analyst, the very reliable Ming-Chi Kuo, said months ago that it would drop 3D Touch this year.

If both analysts are right, and signals aren’t being crossed here, it would mean that 3D Touch is entirely being removed and will disappear from new iPhones by 2019.

3D Touch was essentially the flagship feature on the iPhone 6S, so this would be a major admission of failure on Apple’s part. Not only that, but it would speak to an immense waste of resources — something Apple’s marketing chief told Bloomberg right after the feature launched:

“Engineering-wise, the hardware to build a display that does what [3D Touch] does is unbelievably hard,” says [Phil Schiller, Apple’s marketing chief]. “And we’re going to waste a whole year of engineering — really, two — at a tremendous amount of cost and investment in manufacturing if it doesn’t do something that [people] are going to use. If it’s just a demo feature and a month later nobody is really using it, this is a huge waste of engineering talent.”

In the years since, the feature really hasn’t caught on. And, anecdotally, I’d guess that most iPhone users don’t even know that it’s there. Even more serious iPhone owners don’t seem to have found much use in it. And while the tech is still used in the Apple Watch, it has yet to make its way to iPads.

It’s too early to get into a deep dive on 3D Touch’s failures since it’s still entirely possible that the rumors are partly or entirely wrong. Apple could have built the tech into new iPhones through some other method that these analysts’ sources are missing, or the models could be getting mixed up so that some phones have it but others don’t. We’ll find out in part, at least, within a month — Apple’s next iPhones should be announced in mid-September, when we’ll see if any of the new models are missing the screen tech.

In other iPhone rumors, MacRumors also spotted a new note from Kuo saying that none of the upcoming iPhones will support the Apple Pencil. There had been some discussion of that possibility over the past months since the new iPhones are expected to be larger in size. But Kuo says Apple decided against it because it offered a poor user experience.

Curtis, the Barclays analyst, also said he expected a cheaper HomePod next year and new AirPods later this year.

Correction August 28th, 9:05AM ET: Curtis’ prediction refers to the 2019 OLED iPhones, not this year’s OLED iPhones, as this article initially stated. The article has been updated to state that 3D Touch would disappear next year, not this year.

Apple to launch three new iPhones, Watch with larger screen, updated iPad Pros, says Bloomberg

The tech world is waiting expectantly for Apple to announce its latest batch of iPhones. The devices will likely be unveiled sometime in the second week of September (the company’s usual drop date), and rumors this year have been pretty consistent, pointing to the launch of three new devices. A new report from Bloomberg is the latest to follow this prediction.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu say that some inside Apple are labeling this another “S year” — meaning that the new phones will keep existing designs, but update the internals. As growth in the global mobile market slows, Apple will also be looking to raise average prices of its handsets. So, sorry, but the $1,000 smartphone isn’t going anywhere.

Here’s a rundown of Bloomberg’s rumors, most of which we’ve seen in one form or another:

  • Three new iPhones. Expect an upgraded iPhone X with a 5.8-inch OLED screen; a new high-end iPhone with a 6.5-inch OLED screen; and a new cheaper model (which will look like the iPhone X) with a 6.1-inch LCD screen. The two larger devices may have dual-SIM card slots in some regions.
  • Cheap(ish) and colorful. The 6.1-inch iPhone will come in a variety of colors. (Earlier rumors said gray, white, blue, red, and orange variants will be available.) It’ll also have un-colored aluminum edges instead of the color-matching stainless steel casing on the iPhone X.
  • Gestures for all. All three devices will have the new gesture controls introduced in the iPhone X as well as Apple’s face-unlocking system Face ID. Apple is also expected to take advantage of the 6.5-inch device’s larger screen with the ability to “view content side-by-side” in apps like Mail and Calendar.
  • Naming confusion. According to Bloomberg, there’s been quite a bit of internal discussion over the names, as the three devices aren’t easy to differentiate. The new high-end device might be “the iPhone Xs” with the larger device “the iPhone Xs Plus.” That’s subject to change.
  • Peripherals and more. Sometime this year (not necessarily in September), we can also expect updated AirPods; a new Apple Watch with a larger screen in the same body; a new wireless charger (probably the much-delayed AirPower mat); and upgraded iPads Pros with slimmer bezels and Face ID replacing the fingerprint-sensing home button.

As usual, this information is by no means definite, but it certainly fits what we’ve seen so far this year. Expect to hear more in September; invites to the actual event should arrive sometime soon.

Apple reportedly reaches deal with third-party reseller to allow authorized iPhone repairs

Apple and Simply Mac, a third-party Apple reseller and service provider, have reached a deal that will see the iPhone maker provide the necessary hardware to let Simply Mac conduct authorized screen repairs, according to a report from 9to5Mac.

Prior to the deal, Simply Mac was subsiding on a limited number of Touch ID and Face ID-related repair machines and had begun conducting unofficial screen repairs for customers as a result (a move that reportedly did not please Apple, as it raises the risk of hardware issues down the line). While Simply Mac charges the same price as Apple for screen repairs, it serves some customers who don’t have access to a local Apple Store in areas like the Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and the South.

According to 9to5Mac, iPhones containing Touch ID and the iPhone X require special equipment to repair broken screens to ensure the home button and TrueDepth module are fully functioning after replacing the LCD panel on the front of the device. Simply Mac had the appropriate equipment at only five of its 50 or so stores in the US. The new deal will see Apple pay for equipment for 30 Simply Mac locations, 9to5Mac reports, while Simply Mac will cease conducting unofficial screen repairs without the necessary equipment. Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

Apple has historically charged high prices for screen repairs out of warranty, and the company increased the cost last year by $20. It’s now as high as $169 for newer models like the iPhone 8 Plus, while the iPhone X costs $279 to have its screen repaired. If you have AppleCare+, however, all screen repairs cost just $29, but the company began charging more for that warranty for larger phones starting last year as well. (AppleCare+ now costs between $129 and $149, depending on whether you have a Plus model.)

Given the cost and the AppleCare requirement, which only covers two incidents of accidental damage, it makes sense that many customers seek out third-party repair specialists, especially customers who don’t live near an Apple Store. Oftentimes, those repair services are not authorized, like Simply Mac is, and may not be performing appropriate repair jobs without leaving the phone with a deficiency of some sort. It’s also naturally harder to perform iPhone screen repairs outside the internal Apple network as more of the front-facing panel of the device is layered with complex hardware like Touch ID and the TrueDepth camera, requiring those special machines Simply Mac needed from Apple.

How Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 stacks up against the iPhone X

Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 9 is official, and the company has once again outdone itself when it comes to putting a truly staggering amount of firepower into a phone. The top-of-the-line model offers a whopping 512GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, which are numbers that put most midrange laptops to shame.

But in 2018, the smartphone market is already pretty tough. And both Apple and Google are already gearing up to release their own updated flagships this fall, so the Note 9’s competition is only going to get tougher. As is now tradition with these posts, it’s important to realize that raw specs don’t always tell the full story for a smartphone. What manufacturers do with their hardware, how well it’s optimized, and what real-world performance looks like isn’t always reflected in the specifications.

We’ll have a full review of the Note 9 soon. In the meantime, we’ve put the Note 9 head-to-head against some of its biggest competition on the market today, including the iPhone X, the G7 ThinQ, the U12 Plus, and Samsung’s own Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus to help you get a better idea of where things stand now as you decide which way to vote with your wallet this fall.

Galaxy Note 9 spec shootout

Specification Galaxy Note 9 Galaxy S9 Galaxy S9 Plus iPhone X iPhone 8 iPhone 8 Plus LG G7 ThinQ HTC U12 Plus Huawei P20 Pro Pixel 2 XL Pixel 2
Specification Galaxy Note 9 Galaxy S9 Galaxy S9 Plus iPhone X iPhone 8 iPhone 8 Plus LG G7 ThinQ HTC U12 Plus Huawei P20 Pro Pixel 2 XL Pixel 2
Display 6.4-inches 5.8 inches 6.2 inches 5.8 inches 4.7 inches 5.5 inches 6.1 inches 6.0 inches 6.1 inches 6.0 inches 5.0 inches
Resolution 2960 x 1440 2960 x 1440 2960 x 1440 2436 x 1125 1334 x 750 1920 x 1080 3120 x 1440 2880 x 1440 2240 x 1080 2880 x 1440 1920 x 1080
Processor Snapdragon 845 (2.8GHz and 1.7GHz, octa-core) Snapdragon 845 (2.8GHz and 1.7GHz, octa-core) Snapdragon 845 (2.8GHz and 1.7GHz, octa-core) A11 Bionic A11 Bionic A11 Bionic Snapdragon 845 (2.8GHz and 1.7GHz, octa-core) Snapdragon 845 (2.8GHz and 1.7GHz, octa-core) Kirin 970 (2.36 GHz and 1.8 GHz, octa-core) Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core) Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz and 1.9GHz, octa-core)
Storage 128GB, 512GB 64GB 64GB 64GB, 256GB 64GB, 256GB 64GB, 256GB 64GB 64GB, 128GB 128GB 64GB, 128GB 64GB, 128GB
Rear camera 12 megapixel, 12 megapixel (wide) 12 megapixel 12 megapixel, 12 megapixel (wide) 12 megapixel, 12 megapixel (wide) 12 megapixel 12 megapixel, 12 megapixel (wide) 16 megapixel, 16 megapixel (wide) 12 megapixel (wide), 16 megapixel (telephoto) 40 megapixel, 20 megapixel (monochrome), 8 megapixel (telephoto) 12.2 megapixel 12.2 megapixel
Front camera 8 megapixel 8 megapixel 8 megapixel 7 megapixel 7 megapixel 7 megapixel 8 megapixel 8 megapixel, 8 megapixel 24 megapixel 8 megapixel 8 megapixel
Battery 4000mAh 3000mAh 3500mAh 2716mAh 1821mAh 2675mAh 3000mAh 3420mAh 4000mAh 3520mAh 2700mAh
Water protection IP68 IP68 IP68 IP67 IP67 IP67 IP67 IP68 IP67 IP67 IP67
Wireless charging Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Ports USB-C, headphone jack USB-C, headphone jack USB-C, headphone jack Lighting port Lighting port Lighting port USB-C, headphone jack USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C
Weight 0.44 pounds 0.36 pounds 0.42 pounds 0.38 pounds 0.33 pounds 0.45 pounds 0.36 pounds 0.41 pounds 0.40 pounds 0.39 pounds 0.32 pounds
Dimensions (in.) 6.37 x 3.01 x 0.35 5.81 x 2.70 x 0.33 6.22 x 2.91 x 0.33 5.65 x 2.79 x 0.30 5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 6.24 x 3.07 x 0.30 6.03 x 2.83 x 2.83 6.17 x 2.91 x 0.38 6.10 x 2.91 x 0.31 6.20 x 3.00 x 0.30 5.70 x 2.70 x 0.30
Starting price $999.99 $719.99 $839.99 $999.00 $699.00 $799.00 $750.00 $799.99 €899 (not available in the US) $849.00 $649.00
Misc. Bluetooth S Pen, iris scanner, mechanically adjustable aperture Iris scanner, mechanically adjustable aperture Iris scanner, mechanically adjustable aperture Face ID scanner, runs iOS Runs iOS Runs iOS Quad DAC for Hi-Fi audio, ThinQ AI Squeezable side function Triple camera system Squeezable sides Squeezable sides

Verizon’s unlimited data customers are getting six free months of Apple Music

Verizon this afternoon announced a new, “exclusive” promotion that it has worked out in partnership with Apple: customers on any of the carrier’s three unlimited data plans — Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, or Above Unlimited — will receive six free months of Apple Music. That’s double the normal free trial period you’d get with Apple’s subscription music service.

But this isn’t just for new listeners; the offer is good regardless of whether you’re a current, lapsed, or new Apple Music user; if you’re already subscribed, you won’t have to worry about paying for it for six months once the deal kicks in. The promotion starts on August 16th, according to Verizon.

In some sense, this can be seen as a counter to the free perks that Verizon’s rivals are including with their service: AT&T offers WatchTV and your choice of a premium subscription service (Apple Music isn’t among them). T-Mobile gives you Netflix, and Sprint’s top plan bundles both Tidal and Hulu with its unlimited data package. Verizon’s promotion is only for the six months, however, whereas those keep going.

But there might be more in the works between Verizon and Apple. “This first-of-its-kind offer is just the first step in an exclusive partnership with Apple,” Angie Klein, the carrier’s VP of marketing, said in today’s press release. Apple Music now has well over 40 million subscribers as it continues the climb towards potentially overtaking Spotify, which it’s already outperforming when it comes to certain high-profile release.

Logitech’s first wireless charger is the one Apple should have made for the iPhone X

Logitech is getting into the wireless charging game with its new Powered Wireless Charging Stand, which the company is launching later this month for $69.99.

According to Logitech, the company designed the Powered Wireless Charging Stand with Apple, and the end result is something that feels like the wireless charger that Apple should have released with the iPhone X last fall.

Image: Logitech

I’ve had a chance to try out the Powered Wireless Charging Stand, and it’s certainly one of the nicer chargers out there. The whole pad is made out of a sturdy, grippy plastic that holds the phone tight and doesn’t let it slide around, even when the device is vibrating.

Like any good stand wireless charger, it’s also the perfect angle for using quick glances to unlock and view notifications on an iPhone X with FaceID. And the cleverly placed stand allows phones to be charged both vertically and horizontally (in the event that you want to use a stand while watching a movie or TV show).

For better or for worse, though, the Logitech charger really does feel designed specifically for Apple’s latest iPhones, and little else. Sure, it’ll technically charge up any Qi-compatible device. But all the details — the Apple-white color scheme, the perfectly machined grooves and notches that feel designed for Apple devices, the premium price tag, the slower 7.5W wireless fast-charging standard used only by Apple — mean that you’ll probably want to look elsewhere if you don’t have an iPhone.

Considering the $69.99 price tag, there are plenty of chargers out there that use either USB-C or microUSB cables that you won’t have to worry about breaking or losing with faster charging speeds, all at a cheaper price to boot.

But if you’re looking for a nice charger and don’t mind paying a little extra, the Powered Wireless Charging Stand is worth a look. At any rate, you’ll at least be able to buy one before Apple’s official AirPower pad comes out.